Olivia Whetung

Tomas Jonsson

Olivia Whetung spoke of the changing names framing territory. The Colonial attempts to exploit and disappear bodies.

Photos of working bodies were depicted in a book entitled Crafts of the Ojibwa. The bodies were not posed but at work and in motion. Olivia was interested in the stories these hands and bodies know. were never named, or recognized as artists; denied agency and historicized.  Olivia wonders whether a book is a tombstone.

Drawing on Judith Butler’s notion of a radical equality of the grievable. Could there have been another relationship possible if we truly recognized reconciliation, and love?

 

O k’inadas // complicated reconciliations: an artist residency
Round table panel presentation. The Indigenous Summer Intensive is coordinated by the Creative Studies Department, in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at UBC Okanagan Campus.

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